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Published On: Tue, Mar 11th, 2014

Raid of Boko Haram enclave: Kaduna residents express shock

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Residents of Tashar Kanawa, Kwaru ward of Badarawa district, Kaduna North local government, have continued to express shock and surprise over the discovery and recovery of arm cache from Boko Haram within their vicinity.

The village head of the area Malam Hamusi Mai unguwar told our reporter that the village is still to come to terms with what happened on that unfortunate night.

According to him, he was in the Mosque in the early hours of the day and Malam Sani who is landlord of the demolished house, was leading the prayer when he (Sani) received a call that all was not well in his house. He hurriedly left after the prayer.

“I know he had a son who was killed in a gun battle with security men some time last year. The whole community received the death of the young man whom the people called Babangida, because he was the first son of Malam Sani.

“You know what is happening with the society today, his junior brother, was also said to have also been recruited into the group which I will not mention. I am sure it was the junior brother of the late Babangida that the military were after and they trailed him to his father’s house, where he engaged them in gun battle. But we are grateful no serious casualty was recorded,” he said.

In her own view, Malam Naijahatu Musa, a food vendor whose house is adjacent to the Boko Haram demolished building, told this reporter that she and her family were terrified because of the sporadic gun shots. According to her, she had never heard a gunshot before and because there was no man in her house, as her husband is late, all the children clung to her because of fear while she prayed to Allah for safety.

Another neighbor, Muazu Isa, called on Federal and state governments to construct access road in some of the ghettos to ease security movement and patrol.

Meanwhile the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, One Division, Colonel Usman Abdul, disclosed that the Army recovered some arms cache from the building before its demolition.

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